Questions tagged [meetings]

Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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How to deal with time planning dispute

I am a software developer who is creating integrations services between the ERP system of our customers and our system (dataflow happens via XML and webservices). I am doing this for around 4-5 years ...
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Manager wants me to raise concerns/issues at one-on-ones, but I usually have no concerns. How should I improve my approach to these meetings?

Background: I'm a senior developer at my company and have been there for several years. I get along well with my coworkers and truly love my work. During my annual reviews, my manager has praised me ...
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How to propose alternate strategy before meeting

My team is meeting later this work to discuss how to build a new component for our software system to handle a new business problem we are facing. I don't believe this new component is required and ...
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How can I tell my boss he has poor video meeting manners? [closed]

My boss loves scheduling long, pointless video meetings. This is bad enough, but it's made worse by his poor manners and ridiculous rules. He doesn't like it when people mute their mic or use ...
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How can I deal with team members messaging in group chat (possibly about me) during virtual meetings?

Recently I am experiencing an awkward situation with my team. We are 10 people, divided in three micro areas. I have daily contact with my direct supervisor and one colleague and we work really well ...
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Should I start a weekly one-on-one meeting with my boss?

I read from this article: One-On-One Meetings – Why They’re Important to You and Your Team that one on one meetings are important for a team, but we don't have such a convention. We have weekly ...
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Agreeing without really agreeing

I've had many more phonecons in the past year than usual, and I'm noticing that in meetings with more than a few people, that a person will say that they agree with whomever spoke immediately before ...
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How to refuse constant outside-office-hours meetings politely? [closed]

We are always required to attend meetings outside office hours without any compensation. Usually, our employers are unwilling to convene meetings during office hours because it would reduce our ...
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How to deal with colleagues who schedule meeting and join late

There is this colleague who would schedule 15-30 minutes meeting and join themselves like 10-15 minutes late (I am the only attendee). It has happened on several occasion and I have ignored it but now ...
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How do I improve in my role as liaison between engineering and customer support/sales?

Some context: I started working at a startup with 8 employees as a mid level developer about 3 months ago. One of the responsibilities I was tasked with is facilitating communication with our product ...
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Best way to schedule meetings with mix of internal and external people

I am required to send a VP and a CEO of a company an email to schedule a meeting with them, however I must also include 2 internal managers in this meeting. I can check the availability of these 2 ...
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Realistically, how do I recover from a zoom screen share mishap?

I haven't seen any other questions to this effect. With COVID and the normalisation of working from home, there would increase of Zoom/conference call mishaps, such as Jeffrey Toobin exposing himself ...
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Dealing with coworker who requests video on zoom

I have a particular coworker who always requests video when on a zoom call. This isn't ideal for me because I live in a tiny studio and don't have a fancy bookcase backdrop like him. My background is ...
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Accidentally recorded a Teams meeting, should I apologize to meeting attendees?

Thank you for reading through. I was in a Miscrosoft Teams meeting (virtual online). I was trying to turn on the live caption so I could know what people were talking about if the voice wasn't clear. ...
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Germany: unwritten conventions on eating during day-long meetings

I saw this picture today, in which one of the officials has a platter of cold cuts next to him during an official (presumably hours long) meeting. I remembered the meetings of the good old days, ...
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What is considered inappropriate when participating in a video meeting?

So we had a business meeting the other day via Zoom. All the participants were from their homes, as happening around the world these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the participants in the ...
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Is it professional to ask for day off, after just few days in work, to attend friend's funeral?

My friend recently died and day of funeral is already known, but it's set to be on work day. I just started working in new place and being inducted into company and project I'll be working on. Also, I ...
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Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work?

I am between junior and mid level in my team and new to my company. Everyone works from home all the time and our meetings are on video chat due to the covid pandemic. I often feel that some teammates ...
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Late to a team meeting what is well on its way, should I join late or skip?

Our global team have a monthly townhall Zoom meeting where couple dozens of people join and our team lead(s) would gives organizational announcements and updates. Since it is a global meeting, the ...
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How to keep manager happy with 1 on 1 nonsense?

I joined a company last week that claimed to be a startup but seems to be closer to a big corporation. One of the bureaucracies is a weekly hour-long one-on-one session with my manager. We had this ...
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How can I find out whether a job can accommodate my poor communication skills during the briefing process in an interview?

I work as a graphic designer. Most of my career has been freelance but I've worked full-time for design agencies also. I am currently looking for a new full time role, but there is one thing I'm ...
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How to make a meaningful eye contact with a webcam?

Zoom meetings are a new normal in these interesting times. I have been reading on how to make them better. One tip is when you are speaking, to make sure you look into the camera not at your own ...
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All Day Meeting Voice Call?

I work on with a fairly small development team (4), and we normally do daily standups and check-ins at days end. Recently we have started a required all day voice call meeting in teams with all the ...
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Is it appropriate to mute others in a video call

Due to COVID-19, my company has gone completely remote and all of our meetings are conducted over voice-call software (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Teams - usually without using video) that allows any invitee to ...
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How do I cope with impromptu meetings?

I am an engineer in my second job. I also find dealing with people exhausting; I would happily work for days without talking to anyone. Obviously that isn’t possible, so instead I do my best to ...
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How to become better at participating in small, daily meetings?

BACKGROUND: I started a new job 2 months ago. I am very invested in doing well at it. They hired me as a contractor, though they are providing me with "training" and company resources (such ...
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Missed meeting - acknowledge in an e-mail, or ignore?

Since COVID and work-from-home, I have had some trouble with keeping meetings straight. Up until today, I had one meeting I was a bit late for (entirely my fault) and one small one that I missed (due ...
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nothing to say in daily scrum stand up

My work is pending because I need a permission from someone outside the scrum team. The scrum master knows about this issue because I said that yesterday and today in the stand up. What I'm thinking ...
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Managers not following company policy regarding masks

About a week ago, our company president issued a policy requiring employees to comply with the social distancing requirements issued by the state. To that end, the company procured some masks, which ...
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Recording the online meetings

I often take online meetings with my clients to provide them technical consultation. They’re all audio-- no video. We sometimes share screens also. Mostly my client shares his/hers, and sometimes the ...
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How to deal with a high number of meetings and communication as an introvert

I'm at a stage in my career when I'm taking over coordination/ management tasks for the first time. This means, among others, that I have 4-8 h of meetings every single day. I'm more on the ...
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How can we effectively organise Q&A in a teleconference?

Due to COVID-19, the plenary meeting of our ICT department (30 people) will be on Skype. How do we effectively organise the question and answer part? What is the best online equivalent of raising ...
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How to applaud in a teleconference?

Suppose a work culture/environment where, in an in-person meeting, if a presenter does a good job, other attendees express appreciation with applause/clapping. Suppose now that the same meeting ...
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Some employee silently farts regularly in meetings [duplicate]

Every morning whenever we are having a meeting with the team there is someone who silently farts and disturbs the flow of the meeting. Some days it's so bad we have to vacate the room. I have ...
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Should I mention my long term goal is starting a business?

I have my annual review meeting coming up and one of the questions is the following: What are your longer term goals? (one to two years from now) Truly, my answer is that I would like to have my ...
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How to deal with a compulsive talker during meetings?

I have a co-worker who is a compulsive talker. He constantly interrupts others and hijacks the conversation, proceeding to talk endlessly if not interrupted in turn. If left to talk by himself, he ...
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What should I tell a customer when my co-worker fails to show up to a meeting?

I'll typically have meetings with customers in which they set it up and invite me and other co-workers. Sometimes I will show up to this meeting and my co-worker(s) won't because they forgot, became ...
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How should I prepare for a meeting with a client about large amount of bugs?

I have a meeting tomorrow to discuss concerns about the many bugs inside of an application I recently upgraded. How do I prepare for such a meeting?
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Mandatory Lunch Meeting [duplicate]

I do not want to go to mandatory lunch meetings. I feel it is a waste of time for each person at the meeting. If there are seven people in the meeting, and the meeting is an hour long lunch, it is the ...
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How to deal with my manager wasting hours of time with meaningless meetings

There are two similar questions about too many meetings/meeting overload. My question has a third component which distinguishes it from those questions. I have a manager who calls for anywhere from ...
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Confronted about an Amazon review

Back in 2018, my CEO wrote a book. I usually don't read these kind of memoir/non-fiction books, but I figure it would be interesting to get insight into the mind of someone I've been working under ...
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Should I ask for a meeting schedule?

The team I'm part of, will meet our stakeholders (our internal clients who also represent our external clients) in a few days time. The stakeholders are based in another country, the UK, more ...
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How to exclude myself from informal activities with colleagues?

This may sound bad but please consider that I'm truly uncomfortable with these kinds of activities. I'm a junior software developer, I work with an amazing team and I get along with everyone. I'm ...
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How can I influence a manager to not schedule team meetings during lunch?

Once a week we have team meetings that are scheduled during lunch which the company buys (irrelevant to me since I bring my own lunch anyway). I have no problem with the timing, but I find it insanely ...
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Coworker refused to to their assigned task; how to mention that in upcoming meeting with a new boss after a move inside the same company?

A while ago, I was asked to coordinate measures needed to complete a task. The task was set up to support an important customer C. One sub-task would have fallen to coworker X, who was the only one ...
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Is it okay to write non-offensive humor into meeting minutes?

Yesterday at a meeting with a water Utility our Materials expert said that one of their stored pipes would degrade with exposure to CO2 - carbon dioxide. In the meeting minutes this was noted, and I ...
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Selling points for open-sourcing code [closed]

Related to this question I'm meeting with management, trying to convince them that open-sourcing some pieces of our codebase would be beneficial to the company. On my part, this would become a part ...
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How to gracefully excuse yourself from a meeting due to emergencies such as a restroom break?

Let's say you're in a meeting with your colleagues, manager/boss and some 3rd party people (or people from another team/department) - important here because it's not only your personal image/...
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How to deal with coworkers forcing themselves into every conversation?

I work in a team (~10) who follows Scrum, so we have daily stand ups and other scrum meetings. I have this coworker who is a senior. This coworker is from a different department but we all work very ...
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How to handle former teammates (at same company) regulary asking for meetings with little to no context?

A few months ago, I moved teams within my company. I need to keep supporting some things I created for the old team, with no definite end date. That team has an expectation that anyone on the team can ...

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